As part of strengthening the community and developing a global understanding, our College has introduced an international education focus through creating connections with China and increasing the number of classes in Chinese language.
Students’ interest in studying Chinese has been developed by our wider program of Chinese immersion. Students have travelled to China each year for the last 4 years, as part of the Victorian Young Leaders to China program. There they undertake a 6 week study tour, staying in a Chinese school, learning the language and developing an understanding of the Chinese culture. The Victorian Young Leaders to China program is a life-changing opportunity for students and teachers, combining language and cultural learning with personal development and leadership skills.
To facilitate this international focus further, VUSC has also established a sister school relationship with the High School Attached to Yangzhou University, in the Jiangsu Province, China. Each year we welcome a visit from Chinese students and teachers from our sister school to both our Junior and Senior Campuses for a six day visit.
The visits are extremely successful with the Chinese students and teachers commenting on how much they enjoy visiting our school and staying with our host families. At the welcoming assembly, our students introduce the visitors and present them each with a double sided Chinese/Australian flag that our students make in class. They also make boomerangs with our students in class after lunch.
Over the weekend the students thoroughly enjoy doing some activities with their host families including a visit to Eureka Skydeck, going to AFL games, go-karting and laserforce games, going to church, and visiting the Great Ocean Road.
At the Senior Campus, the Chinese students attend senior classes with our students, including Accounting, Maths, Chemistry, Geography and English. They love the staff vs students volleyball game, the traditional Aussie sausage sizzle for lunch and the farewell assembly.
Our sister school relationship is a fundamental part of the College’s teaching and learning strategy for internationalising education, and we will continue to strengthen this relationship so that students are provided with the knowledge, skills and attributes required for a globalised world.